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Can death be reversed? Scientists partially revive brains of dead pigs

Christof Koch | 
Despite technological advances, biology and medicine still lack a coherent and principled understanding of what precisely defines birth and death—the ...
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Why this NASA engineer believes we’ve already found evidence of life on Mars

Gilbert Levin | 
I was fortunate to have participated in that historic adventure as experimenter of the Labeled Release (LR) life detection experiment ...
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No such thing as a harmless lie? How dishonesty hurts our ability to connect with other people

Have you ever told a friend a made-up story to entertain that person or spare his or her feelings? … ...
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‘Why didn’t we think of this earlier?’ Immunotherapy could treat more than just cancer

Karen Weintraub | 
Immunotherapy has transformed cancer care. Now the tools and new knowledge created by this strategy for treating disease by stimulating ...
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USDA scientist: Cover crops check soil degradation—major threat to global food security

Lauren Hale | 
Visit the typical almond farm in California and you’ll see rows of trees stretching to the horizon, forming an arching ...
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Future of silk could give us wearable sensors, smart fabrics and ‘rubber’ as strong as steel

Aarathi Prasad | 
Tucked away near a freight elevator along the clinical corridors of an upper floor is a solid black door, plain ...
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‘It’s unsettling’: Cancer cells use the body’s nerves to attack the brain, studies suggest

Heidi Ledford | 
Tumour cells can plug into—and feed off—the brain’s complex network of neurons, according to a trio of studies. This nefarious ...
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‘Fight or flight’: How your bones may help you make that decision

Diana Kwon | 
In the face of fear, whether it be caused by a grizzly bear or an audience waiting to hear you ...
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Ticking time bomb: Being obese ‘more than doubles’ risk of common forms of cancer

Claudia Wallis | 
Being overweight or obese has been linked to at least 13 types of cancer. Obesity more than doubles the risk ...
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Searching for a mathematical model of consciousness

Kenneth Shinozuka | 
What is consciousness? In a sense, this is one of the greatest mysteries in the universe. ... Science has produced ...
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Video: Talking CRISPR challenges with Jennifer Doudna

Steve Mirsky | 
Jennifer Doudna, winner of the 2018 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience, talks to Scientific American about what it’s like to work in perhaps the ...
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Evolution takes time: ‘Relatively recent’ gene variant helps some humans cope with high-sugar diets

Sarah Davies | 
It’s well known among palaeontologists and nutrition experts that the human diet began to change after our distant ancestors transitioned ...
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Taking psychoactive drugs can mirror near death experiences, study shows

Robert Martone | 
In a fascinating new study, [near-death experience] stories were compared linguistically with anecdotes of drug experience in order to identify a ...
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Polydactylism: Six fingers and toes may be better than five

Ryan Dalton | 
In a thrilling paper published recently in Nature Communications, researchers set out to study the abilities of people with extra fingers. This condition, known ...
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‘Artificial’ memory and identity’: Scientists create memories ‘indistinguishable’ from natural ones—in mice

Robert Martone | 
Experience and memory are inexorably linked, or at least they seemed to be before a recent report on the formation of completely ...
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‘Genealogical anxiety’ and why questioning the genesis of your core beliefs ‘can liberate you’

John Horgan | 
I recently encountered a term for a syndrome that has bugged me since childhood: genealogical anxiety. The phrase was coined by ...
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Studies’ review of 24 supplements: Fish oil a ‘waste of money’ for consumers hoping to gain heart benefits

R. Preston Mason | 
Consumers have been told so many times that dietary fish oil supplements promote heart health that it seems to be ...
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‘Short sleepers’: People with this genetic mutation need less sleep than the rest of us

Katherine Harmon | 
[T]hanks to a mother and daughter who share a rare genetic mutation—and who routinely need just six hours of sleep ...
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Lab-grown ‘mini brains’ with neural activity of pre-term infants could boost brain, disease research

Bret Stetka | 
Scientists have been trying to grow human organs—including kidneys, livers, skin and guts—from scratch well over a decade. These “organoids” are not ...
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Experiencing self-awareness: How children discover who they are

John Horgan | 
[I remember] when I first became self-conscious, aware of myself as something weird, distinct from the rest of the world, ...
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What’s that smell? How our brains detect and cope with all the odors we encounter

Ryan Dalton | 
Olfactory neurons in your nose have evolved some 400 odor receptors, and each neuron contains only one. Receptors are tuned ...
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Are first-borns really more assertive? How birth order affects personality

Corinna Hartmann, Sara Goudarzi | 
In spite of sharing genes and environments, siblings are often not as similar in nature as one might think. But ...
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Darwin’s theory of evolution suggests a new approach for treating cancer

James DeGregori, Robert Gatenby | 
Cancers that have spread, known as metastatic disease, are rarely curable. The reasons that patients die despite effective treatment are ...
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Dementia patients often have lucid moments. Can these ‘awakenings’ help us treat Alzheimer’s and other diseases?

Lydia Denworth | 
An elderly woman suffering from late-stage Alzheimer’s disease had neither talked to nor reacted to any of her family members ...
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Going vegetarian might boost your health, but probably won’t slow climate change

Shannon Hall | 
It pays to be a picky eater—at least, when it comes to meat. A study published ....in Scientific Reports suggests ...
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Viewpoint: Aggressive US approach to cancer doing ‘more harm than good’

John Horgan | 
To paraphrase [author and oncologist Siddhartha] Mukherjee, testing represents an inversion—or perversion--of the Hippocratic oath to do no harm. A ...
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Viewpoint: Afraid of GMOs, CRISPR? Here’s the science that could change your mind

Jonathon McPhetres | 
Scientists can do some amazing things with genes, from saving papayas from extinction, to making apples last longer before turning ...
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Women’s sex drive can be boosted with testosterone. Long-term risks need to be studied.

Emily Willingham | 
An absence of desire is not an inevitable facet of aging for women, [endocrinologist Susan] Davis says. There’s a name ...